It’s May. Spring is coming to an end and summer is approaching. My busy season starts very soon. While I am busy, the twins are also getting more active. Now that my twins are walking and talking, they also need more stimulations than when they were crawling last year. It’s totally different and once again, we, as parents, need to adapt to changes.
Trouble two is always a saying to kids at this age. They are rebellious and selfish. They simply do not understand respect and sharing, something that Susan and I have been trying to teach them. Perhaps it’s a female character, Annabelle already acts like a caring sister. She always look out and care for Ashton. For instance, whenever there are food, she will either call Ashton to come over or will she ask us to give it to him. Awww… so sweet. However, that can’t be said for Ashton
Yet, either is selfish. When they like something, they would keep it to themselves and they would even fight to get what they want from each other. That’s the annoying part of our daily life. Although now they are more independent, we still have to keep an eye on them 24/7. Ashton and Annabelle often push each other, well, sometimes scratch each other, to fight for toys. It’s often very difficult to control in this sort of circumstance. Screaming is no use as they just think that they got our attention and sometimes it would back fire and the situation got worst than it started. At the moment, while we couldn’t control or make them understand their wrong actions, we could only simplify their actions by telling them whether it was good or bad.
Sometimes, they understand, sometimes they don’t. But I guess this is the stage when neither my twins or us can find any middle ground. Mostly because their limited understanding. Reasoning is almost waste of time but we have to be persistent so that they one day will understand. However, they do know when we are upset.
Enough for their development. This month we were quite active. The whole family went on a mini holiday at the New Forest national park. It’s a vast forest with ancient trees and vegetations. We stayed at a community-based camp site right in the centre of the forest. Though because the twins were still young, we couldn’t quite venture out too far.
One our second day, we took Ashton and Annabelle to the Peppa Pig’s World, which was only 20 minutes from the park. It’s actually a section of a much larger theme park but as the day was for the twins, we spent the whole day in the ‘Pigs’ world.
Oh my dear, didn’t they just love it. We went on to most rides and they absolutely loved them. Neither showed much emotions on their faces but we knew they were excited. Ashton in particular, was chatting a lot, even though we didn’t quite understand but he was calling out everything that he recognised. Annabelle loved the massive soft playground and both of them spent a good 45 minutes in it before we dragged them out to see other rides.
When we got on the ‘flying’ cup, Ashton got really excited. It was their first time being lifted so high from the ground. It’s the sensation from the wind and the visual of seeing afar that really stimulated Ashton I guess. Before we left, we took them onto the train for a final ride. It was a tiring day but seeing them got excited was really satisfying, and fun.
The next day, we spent the day in the camp site. We took them to swim and spend some relaxing time together in the caravan. A normal quiet day for us.
The last day before we drove home, we hired bicycles and a trailer to get a proper look at some local villages in New Forest. The journey wasn’t too long but as neither Sue nor I was a regular cyclist, and our leisurely mood, it took us a good portion of the day to finish our journey. We made a few stops for lunch, short break of coffee and a magnificent view. When we finished, we ended our day with a nice barbecue.
The next morning, we stopped by the centre of the forest before driving back to London. It was a rather interesting visit. Driving through those enormous trees was an experience itself. The different shades of green, the smell of the grass, the sound of the rattling leafs were refreshing. At some point, we visited the oldest tree in the forest. It’s now protected but visitor can still visit and see it.
Back in London, everything became normal again. We took them to our local clinic for a regular check up and then we let them lose in the park where they ran for a good hour! Yes, running is good 🙂 It tired them out and that evening, they slept so well that neither of them woke up once! Thank god!
Now, Summer is just around us, my busy season also starts… this is going to be interesting.
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